The Book of Psalms: A Translation with Commentary

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W. W. Norton & Company, Oct 19, 2009 - Religion - 560 pages

One of Newsweek’s Best Books of the Year and winner of the Robert Kirsch Award for Lifetime Achievement.

A cornerstone of the scriptural canon, the Book of Psalms has been a source of solace and joy for countless readers over millennia. This timeless poetry is beautifully wrought by a scholar whose translation of the Five Books of Moses was hailed as a “godsend” by Seamus Heaney and a “masterpiece” by Robert Fagles. Alter’s The Book of Psalms captures the simplicity, the physicality, and the coiled rhythmic power of the Hebrew, restoring the remarkable eloquence of these ancient poems. His learned and insightful commentary illuminates the obscurities of the text.

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67. The Book of Psalms (Read March 10 to November 17) I read two versions with notes - The Book of Psalms: A Translation with Commentary by Robert Alter (2007, 548 page Paperback) - The HarperCollins ... Read full review

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Alter, famous for his explications on Biblical narrative and poetry, translates the Psalms and provides translation notes. He attempts to present the structure of Hebrew parallelism as effectively as ... Read full review

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Robert Alter's translation of the Hebrew Bible, the magnificent capstone to a lifetime of distinguished scholarly work, has won the PEN Center Literary Award for Translation. His immense achievements in scholarship ranging from the eighteenth-century European novel to contemporary Hebrew and American literature earned Alter the Robert Kirsch Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Los Angeles Times. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, Alter is the Class of 1937 Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley.

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